In view of how young the University of Bremen is, it has achieved a remarkable amount in such a short space of time. It is a reform university and, as such, a role model for modern institutions of higher education. In 2006 the University positioned itself among the top ten universities in Germany within the frame of the Excellence Initiative sponsored by the German government and the federal states. This success gives us added incentive and we are entering the second phase of the contest with the clear objective of becoming a University of Excellence!!